Caddo Parish has issued a burn ban for the entire parish. Inside the city limits is always under a burn ban but a permit can be attained from SFD Fire Prevention Bureau to burn. Historically, SFD has not always imposed a ban on permitted burning within the city, even when the parish had a ban in place. However, the current atmospheric conditions for the past several weeks, and being nearly 12 inches below average rainfall, the SFD has placed a moratorium on future permitted burning.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1, Chapter 10.11.2 provides the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) "shall have the authority to prohibit any and all open flames, and open, recreational, and cooking fires or other sources of ignition, or establish regulations on the use of any form of fire or smoking material where circumstances make such conditions hazardous." As the AHJ, SFD will not issue any burn permits for burning inside the city until the hazardous conditions we have now are improved by significant rainfall.
Other Safety Considerations to observe while we are facing this time of dry weather are:
To caution citizens to completely extinguish of all smoking materials and properly dispose of them in approved containers.
To be aware of spark producing equipment in areas of dry vegetation or other fuels.
Always have a water source and observer present when welding, cutting metal materials, or using propane torches for business operations.
To restrict outdoor cooking on portable or permanent grills or in bar-b-que pits where ashes or embers are created that may escape. Never leave a smoldering fire unwatched, even when in a outdoor fire place, fire pit or chimenea.
No hibachi, grill, or similar devices used for cooking, heating or any other purpose shall be kindled on any balcony, under overhanging portion or within 10 feet of any structure.
Never improperly dispose of smoldering materials used for grilling or cooking.
To remove any unnecessary vegetation or debris from around structures or on their property in an effort to reduce the fire load.
Restrict the use of incinerators
Always observe fire safety practices in their homes by having a smoke detector and escape plan.